Azul Orders 11 Embraer Jets, JetBlue Cancels

October 28, 2011

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Embraer and Brazilian airline Azul signed an order for 11 jets worth USD$497.5 million, the manufacturer said.

The 118-seat Embraer 195 aircraft are expected for delivery beginning in 2013, Sao Jose de Campos, Brazil-based Embraer said in a statement.

Azul Linhas Aereas, owned by JetBlue founder David Neeleman, has now ordered a total of 52 Embraer regional jets, enough to make its fleet of the regional E-jets the largest in South America.

Separately, an Embraer spokesman said on Wednesday that JetBlue, which Neeleman left in 2008, cancelled an order for 11 of the 106-seat Embraer 190 jets.

Embraer chief executive Frederico Curado said in an interview in June that he saw a risk of JetBlue backing out of the contract, as the airline was revising its fleet plans.

(Reuters)